Quick climbs

As much as I enjoy decrying car americana, I feel it’s important to remark on some of the things that have brought me joy while riding around.  For starters, I always enjoyed a good climb.  Chengdu had a fair share of accessible climbing that made for a decent day of the old up and down.  …

No easy way through

I thought it might be a matter of culture shock.  To return to riding around the US and feel I was in an unwelcoming environment.  More time on the bike gave me affirmation:  America’s transportation infrastructure is the pits. I mentioned before when hosting outsiders to China, I was often met with a degree of …

Big changes

With the end of 2018 and the start of 2019 well under way, seems I should mention I’ve been busy managing some other big changes and haven’t had a chance to ride/write. That said, I plan to get cracking soon, with a few changes to the format. For starters, my mind’s a bit melted from …

Under construction

Riding into a construction site here isn’t uncommon.  In fact, if you got any measurable explorer’s bone in your body and regularly scout out new roads, then riding here means consistent jaunts through something being built.  It comes as no surprise, considering a huge portion of the economy is propped up by construction and government …

Kaput

It’s that time of year. Generally, by this point I’ve thrown in the towel. The weather’s less than ideal. The days are shorter. Early mornings or evening rides are off the table as a result. This means throwing away a good portion of daylight just to crunch any miles. You move slower, make more stops, …

Racing alleycats

For time immortal (or, roughly 2006, when fixed gear and brakeless riding became a hot trend in cities across the globe), you find the sporadic article highlighting endemic parts of “city cycling culture”. This includes topics such as, what is a fixed gear, why do these cyclists ride dangerously, from where does the culture draw …

CDCX Recap

Having scouted the route out the day before, I discovered that a policed road block had been put up, re-routing traffic away from a key stretch of the original route. Damn. I spent that afternoon deliberating over way to do. Originally, I was unable to imagine how the route could be shortened dramatically, keeping entirely …

Change of plans

CDCX is a go tomorrow.  I have a firm understanding of the temporal nature of the area of the race.  I decided today to have one last crack at the route, to insure that there hadn’t been any large changes to the roads.  Alas, I was met with misfortune and discovered a key stretch has …

Tough break

Getting up, I knew I wanted to scratch time out of the day to ride, but threw the curtains back to reveal the city smogged over. Smog never elevates a mood. It agitates it. I’ve learned to cope with it, yet each low air quality day gets to me. If you let a smoggy day …

Breaking your habit

This seems a counter-intuitive piece of advice, considering the importance I’ve placed on making a habit of your riding. A strong riding habit is the quickest way to discipline yourself and achieve something more from it. Truth is, riding in such a regimented way can oftentimes suck the fun out of it, so it’s important …